With validation of the first GT36 gas turbine completed in 2017 and new manufacturing ramped up in Genoa, Italy, during 2018, Ansaldo Energia is set to roll out its first commercial use of the new turbine at the H-class Minhang combined cycle power plant in China. It marks a new chapter in the drive for flexibility in thermal power.
Egypt has completed construction of three combined cycle gas turbine projects in just 27.5 months. GTW was part of a press visit to Beni Suef, one of the massive 4800 MW plants, which all use Siemens’ advanced H-class technology.
GE’s 6B gas turbine fleet has reached 40 years of operation, with the first unit starting up in 1978 and still running. Now, GE has reached its first agreement to repower three 6B gas turbines at a site in Asia.
Europe’s first GE 9EMax gas turbine upgrade has been carried out at an IPP project in the Czech Republic. The upgrade will not only boost plant performance but will also lower running costs and extend plant life.
GE has introduced its Cross-Fleet Solutions portfolio – a range of capabilities to service and advance the performance and reliability of other original equipment manufacturers’ gas turbines. The first units to be targeted are the SGT-800 and 501F machines.
There are over 1200 LM2500 gas turbines in operation with navies in various parts of the world, and the GE fleet of propulsion gas turbines has proved to be a reliable power provider in these conditions. GTW talks to George Awiszus, Director of Military Marketing for GE Marine, about what is needed for gas turbine propulsion units in naval applications.
Outside of the US, most of industrialized world must import its natural gas as costly LNG and, as they turn away from conventional coal plants and nuclear power, that leaves them with a narrow range of alternatives.